About Me

I have just completed a 4 month placement with Sustainability Victoria to establish community energy projects in Gippsland.  It was terrific work with passionate, skilled people who are shaping the fundamental change that is needed in electricity generation. This was after 10 happy years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial advisory committee, the Central Coastal Board, of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments and I stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly the life-transforming opportunities of learning to students who otherwise couldn’t afford further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and I’m running quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting just shy of 660 species.

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Latest Blog Posts

Daily Links Jun 18

It would be hard to argue that we are an intelligent species.https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/world-s-population-could-swell-10-9-billion-2100-u-ncna1017791

Daily Links Jun 17

The Water War is gathering pace. Battles have already broken out at St George and Menindee and the lower Darling, now here’s one at the Barmah Choke. Climate change and …

Daily Links Jun 16

I’m doing a special on poetry this weekend, inspired by Paul Kelly and Thirteen ways to look at birds, at Friday night’s performance at the Recital Centre of poems he …

Daily Links Jun 16

When the big international financiers are spending so big on climate change response projects, what, d’ya reckon, is the conversation around the Cabinet table in Canberra? Is there even a …

Daily Links Jun 14

Apart from all of the issues raised by Adani’s green light, just think about what might happen when fears raised in the dodgy water plan eventuate. Will Adani be ordered …